Saturday, September 26, 2009
Greetings to all our 'friends of HATS'. Again this month the HATS Update is coming to you from Canada.
Karen is extremely thankful for the availability of good medical help in Canada, and for how well her doctor has taken care of her during this illness. X-rays were redone this week and some blood work as well. The results are in and Karen's doctor is okay with her heading back home Tuesday, Aug 25th. O happy day !
Karen is very thankful, too, for all the help and support of her family and friends during this time. She has been able to get lots of necessary rest and has been greatly blessed with tasty and nutritional food. She has gained a necessary 12 pounds (was 93 lbs when arrived in Canada) while really enjoying the delicious food. She will miss it when she leaves. Having time with her two daughters and grandchildren has meant a great deal to her.
Luckner, like Karen, has many hats to wear. He is the assistant director of HATS and he takes his work obligations seriously. During this period of illness and recuperation, while Karen is away from Haiti, he is keeping things going beautifully. He continues to cover for Karen and at the same time is handling all the work necessary for the HATS school to reopen. Too, he is doing necessary repairs to our plumbing and electrical system at the mission. He is always willing to work hard undertaking anything that needs doing.
We have good news to report about our school. In the Haitian school system all students in grade 6, grade 9, and in Rheto and Philo (the last two years of school) are required to pass a government exam. The results of the exams, written in June, were released two weeks ago. Many students every year do not pass and need to do these grades at least twice. This year the percentage of students throughout Haiti who passed the grade six exams was extremely low. The HATS school, however, had 100 percent of our grade six students pass. Karen, and the HATS board, is extremely thankful to Luckner for the good job he has been doing with the school.
Karen is missing time this summer with the HATS children and with her special little guy Ti Luckner. She, however, has been assured by Luckner that the children are doing well. No doubt they are ready to return to school next month.
HATS is happy to report that we now have someone, Karen's cousin Jim from Lytton, BC, on board to take care of the website and other internet services. Thank you, Jim, for taking on this important job.
We continue to thank God for the funds towards a vehicle for HATS. Since being in Canada Karen has received more funds towards this very necessary project. At this point we think we will need another $1000 - $2000 more to be able to make a purchase. We will not, of course, know definitely until we can go to a couple of dealerships in PaP. Again, thank you so very much to all who have donated to this. May you be blessed as you are being a blessing to everyone connected with HATS-Haiti and to many others in our community.
Fundraising is underway for the construction project of housing for support missionary staff to assist Karen and Luckner with the heavy workload. This work is planned to go ahead in January 2010 by a group from Canada and in February by a group from Texas. Anyone interested in donating to this very important construction project, or in joining a workteam coming to Haiti, can contact the chairman of the HATS board - Gerry Rhyno - firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen and Luckner - email@example.com.
Greetings to all friends/supporters of the HATS-Haiti Mission.
This Update is in a different format as it is coming to you from
Most of you knew that there was a plan for Karen and her assistant, Luckner, to be in
Karen is presently missing all her children and especially her special little guy - Ti Luckner. She knows, however, he is in the very capable hands of Luckner, and Luckner has the support of Martha. (Martha is sleeping at the house with Ti Luckner while Karen is away.)
Due to Karen’s being away from the mission at this time, Luckner has the start-up of school to prepare for on his own. This is a very big job, along with running the mission by himself at this time, but Karen knows he will handle it all.
We continue to thank and praise God for the funds that we have in the bank in
The ‘Privacy Fence’ for Karen mentioned in June has been completed. It has made a big difference to Karen’s comfort. She is now able to completely relax in her home during the evening and night time hours.
MESSAGE TO OUR FRIENDS
Dear friends of Karen and HANDS ACROSS THE SEA-HAITI (HATS),
It has been felt for a number of years that Karen needed help in carrying on the work that the Lord has given her to do in
HANDS ACROSS THE SEA ASSOCIATION was incorporated on July 9, 2009 in the
Starting January 1, 2010 there will be a change in donations to HATS. Cheques will no longer be payable to
Because of the downturn in the economy in the last year we have experienced a huge drop in donations to HATS-HAITI. Our prayer is that this will change soon. It is getting extremely difficult to run the orphanage and school with the present amount of funding. We also pray that God will speak to the hearts of His people and the monies needed will come in.
Too, we would like to encourage our faithful ‘Friends of HATS’ to consider giving some of their Aeroplan Miles to Karen to enable her to travel North America in support of the
The last time we were in Deschapelles, doing construction of the second building for the school, Karen shared her vision and her need for a missionary minded couple to come and live at the compound. In order for a couple to come, a place is needed for them to live. The HATS Board has decided to send a team to
The new Board wishes to express thanks for all that each of you has done in the past. We know that it was God’s leading that accomplished all that has been done to date. We pray that His will shall be accomplished in Deschapelles in the future with your generous help.
May God Bless Each of You Greatly
Gerry Rhyno Board Chair
THANK YOU TO THE HATS-HAITI BOARD FOR THE SUPPORT IN THE PAST AND FOR WHAT THEY WILL BE DOING IN THE FUTURE.
PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF THIS:
Starting January 1, 2010 there will be a change in donations to HATS. All cheques, starting at the beginning of the new year, will need to be sent to the same address "Hands Across The Sea in Yarmouth" but must be payable to Hands Across The Sea. Your income tax receipts for 2010 will come to you from the Hands Across The Sea Association.
1 John 3:17 "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with ‘actions and in truth’ ."
We continue to give God thanks for his provision - past and future. We will always do our best to show the love of Jesus to those we serve with ‘actions and in truth’.
" Thank You " once again, on behalf of all the people in
Friday, September 25, 2009
For them to play soccer there it will need to be enclosed as several neighbouring families like to use our land for a toilet.
Early February the school students in grades 4-8 had the opportunity to go to the public beach for a fun day. A great time was had by students and teachers.
All who have received food gifts from you have been very thankful and have asked that we say 'thank you' for their food. We, Luckner and Karen, say a very big thank you on behalf of all these families outside the mission who have been blessed with food gifts. Thank you very much, too, to those who have donated funds to purchase food for our children onsite.